tv Senators Durbin and Graham Push for Vote on DREAM Act CSPAN September 5, 2017 6:07pm-6:31pm EDT
>> pay a substantial filing fee and if they were approved, to have a two-year opportunity to stay in the united states without deportation and with the opportunity to work. that is what daca is all about. people took advantage of that opportunity created by president obama. senator graham and i agree on many things and disagree on
daca. i think it was a proper exercise of president obama's authority. he sees it differently. but even though we come to that issue with a difference of opinion, we are in agreement as to where we are today. it is time for us in congress to do the right thing for america and right thing for these young people and their families and pass the dream act, to make it the law of the land and to do it now. the decision that was announced today by the trump white house was a disappointment to me, the first and only direct conversation that i have had with president trump was the day of inauguration and i thank him for the kind words he said about dreamers and daca and he said don't worry about those kids. we are going to take care of those dreamers. i hope to work with him. we have had many meetings in the white house with people in his staff of how we might achieve that goal of making certain that the dreamers would have their
day and opportunity. today, this announcement was handed down by attorney general sessions and then by the president tells us that the clock is ticking. we are in a countdown of deportation of those people. i can tell you, this is a moment of great concern, great fear and great anxiety about what's going to happen to their lives. they include teachers and engineers, medical students at loyola school of medicine in the city of chicago who are uncertain about their future. what senator graham and i want to deliver is the message today is we need to do our job right here in the united states senate. we need to pass in this month of september, a dream act, a permanent law in this country that says these young people will have their chance to become part of america's future.
the dream act is not a new idea and introduced a few years ago and part of our comprehensive immigration reform. we met and had one of the meetings of our bipartisan group. we said fine. let's move to the next topic when it comes to immigration. we have included this as our main item in the agenda for the month of september. we want to make certain that the house and senate vote on the permanent enactment of the dream act as the law of the land. my last message is this and it's to the dreamers. we've stood together for thick and thin for almost 16 years now. we have had moments when we passed this measure in the senate and house but never both chambers at the same time. this is our chance to do it. do not give up hope. if you are one of those dreamers, one of those protected by daca, you need to be part of
america and its future. we made a promise to you if you gave this information to our government about you and your family, it wouldn't be used against you, i don't want that to happen. let's stand together and take heart and make sure we do the right thing for the dreamers this month of september. ms. graham: to the dream act population, we understand your dilemma and find a fair solution, because you have done nothing wrong. you came here as children and contributed to society. you have passed criminal background checks. you have demonstrated your ability to be additional to the country. the only thing that stands between you and certainty in your life is the congress. that cannot be that reassuring. here's the deal. the congress is going to have to up his game. the president was right to
terminate daca. i believe from day one, i believe it was an unconstitutional overreach by president obama. he had a dema on his hands. tried to do my part not only for the dream act kids and their parents. but i have tried to make sure 20 years from now we don't have 11 more million illegal immigrants. the president did a service by going back to constitutional order in a way that allows six-month opportunity for the congress to take care of these kids. the president was right on the law, but he was also right to give six months to figure out a solution to this. my challenge to the president, you talked glowingly about these kids. help us in the house and the senate. you are a good man. get vol personally. work the phones. try to find a consensus here.
there are going to be elements that the republican party that if you pass the dream act you are incentivizing illegal immigration. and my reply is you would be right if you stop with the dream act. 70% of our people want to secure our border. 70% of americans want to give these kids a second chance and good life. when you tell them to go home, they'll go back to the house they were raised in. they have no other country other than america. and no more connected to their home country than i am to scotland where my grandfather came from. these children have no place to go other than america. you should want them to stay. they are great kids. they are working and productive. this is a win-win. if there was ever a win-win, it
would be the dream act, because the congress gives legal status, not overreaching executive order. you may like the executive order, but where does it end? and the president gives one million people just by status of a stroke of a pen. passing the dream act should pleas you because the congress is doing its job. if you worry about these kids, you should vote for the dream act because it gives them what they deserve, a new life in their home country. to those in the republican party who vote no, i respect it. i respect your decision, but let's have a healthy debate. make the case that these kids don't belong here, because i'm going to make the case that they do. this is a defining moment. we need to create a process
forward to fix a broken immigration system. starting with the dream act is a good downpayment of which will be a comprehensive solution to a broken immigration system. you have a chance to show the nation as the president of all of us where your heart is at. and you have the chance to be the leader to say we are the party of a constitution process, that we believe in doing it right, but right means taking are of these kids. >> there are a lot of republicans who feel that if you give these young people legal status, you are going to incentivize more people to come here illegally. ms. graham: this is a real-time problem and kids will be coming here and doesn't physical the broken immigration system to
take these kids and ruin their lives. i think most republicans believe you have to have a secure border or else you will get 11 million more in the future. we militarized the border. most republicans wants to control who gets a job in the future with the e-verify system. what about the parents of these kids? we are going to deal with the dream act kids first, but to get to the parents, you have to have a comprehensive solution in place. i don't think republicans are going to legalize the 11 million and hope one day to secure the border and i bet you, democrats aren't going to give you all the increases we want and the border security we desire without having some idea of what happens to 11 million. john mccain wants to go back to comprehensive immigration
reform. i have walked the walk when it comes to comprehensive immigration reform. we don't have that luxury. as dick said, we have six months. by the end of september we need to take care of the dreamers and work on the other parts of the problem. i promise my colleagues i will not stop with the dream act ecause it does incentivize immigration. reporter: what about the six months, calculation is six months, so we have time. senator durbin: for those of you know what i'm going to say, no ows what next month's topic, is it kim jong un, harry, irma. we need to make it the law of the land now. reporter: congress has tried and
failed to pass protections for dreamers. why should dreamers have confidence that you can get it done? senator durbin: in this circumstance, if you look at the history of this, it has passed the house and senate and now we have a compelling reason, a timely reason. daca is about to expire. we need to act on this because we are on the countdown clock. 780,000 of the best and brightest. we have a timetable and the timetable is what americans need when it comes to filing their taxes and going to the dentist and we have to act and get it done now. ms. graham: you have the speaker of the house is a republican and majority leader, both expressing to fix this. what the final bill will look like, i don't know.
it got 68 votes in the senate. you have the president of the united states who did two things today. he rejected the idea of president obama's executive order as being a presidential overreach. he was right to do this. but he expressly gave us six months. the reason i think it will get done now is the leadership of the republican party, including the president, realizes it's good for the country economically and otherwise to give these kids the certainty they need in their lives. reporter: are you concerned that wouldn't signtion just a clean daca fix and they wanted responsible immigration reform snl ms. graham: the process of taking care of the kids will be a negotiated process. the comprehensive gang of eight
bill was through negotiation. a good marriage would be border security and dream act. now i know this, there isn't much of an appetite of a 2,200 wall. you probably won't get a lot of votes. dick durbin has voted in the past for dramatic increases of border patrol agents. walls where it makes sense. drones and technology where it makes sense. here's what i'll predict, we aren't going to allow these kids to be a victim of a broken political process. this may be what we need in congress to get our act together, real people, something we can put our hands around and the public can understand, people who need us to act decisively and take care of the hurricane victims in the texas and these kids. reporter: would you entertain the idea of having a dream act
that would apply to funding a border wall? senator durbin: i'm not going to get into what i will accept or not accept. the wall is a nonstarter in terms of the political controversy. i don't disagree what lindsay just said. i swallowed hard. 11 million people ended up with the opportunity of citizenship when it was all over. wall is en open to the a wall too far. reporter: this congress so far pursue no ability to the republican agenda and no evidence that there is bipartisanship and done anything hard. what makes you think you can get this done now? ms. graham: we are going to do something on the hurricane because there is a need. what makes we believe is the
president has expressed great concerns to these kids. the speaker of the house and the majority leader of the senate understands there needs to be a solution to this problem. and from being a republican member of the united states senate, well over half our conference wants to fix this. and those who disagree have no animosity in their heart. the question is, can we come together? the answer is, we have no other choice. a lot of these issues are complex and there is no time limit. i think what the president did is put us on the clock, because who wants to be the member of congress, well, if you want to be, you will have a chance to say good-bye and good luck. who wants that on your political resume. the president put a good thing by putting a time limit. if he gets involved and people in the house are going to fall in line, the senate won't be
your problem but will be in the house. reporter: what does the process look like here? will you two be the primary negotiators? do you have leadership in the house? senator durbin: i haven't sat down and thought this through. i hope senator graham and i will see this done in the month of september. ms. graham: if i were a democrat, i would want dick durbin. he is the father, grandfather and soon to be glate-grandfather of the dream act. i have never seen a man so committed to a cause as dick has been committed to fixing this. no way he will be dealt out. i want to be there, too, because i got to know a lot of them. and i want to celebrate with senator durbin an accomplishment for the nation is to take care
of this nation. reporter: does the dream act have 60 votes in the senate and are you open to a similar from the senator from alaska? senator durbin: he came to me and said he was interested in this and doing something on a good-faith basis but i have not seen his proposal and couldn't comment on it and wouldn't comment on that. does it have 60 votes? there are three republican co-sponsors of the dream act and there are other votes and senator graham can address that. we are in solid position. and some of the statements made, senator hatch made a good polve statement in the last few days and that is encouraging. he is a member of the judiciary committee and it would be great to have senator hatch's support.
[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org >> other reaction to today's daca decision include these protestors marching down pennsylvania avenue. the department of justice and homeland security from our white house producer. [protesting] >> and back at the white house this afternoon, the president met with lawmakers and members of his cabinet to talk about tax reform efforts this week and he responded to reporter's questions about the daca decision. president trump: i'm pleased to be here with majority leader mitch mcconnell and house eaker paul ryan and chairman
orrin hatch and chairman brady who have been working on tax mnuchin th secretary and gary cohn. we have had added 1.2 million private sector jobs and a lot more if you go from the time we actually got elected november 8 and 120,000 manufacturing jobs and another good month in manufacturing. you probably all saw that. we are going to keep this momentum going and allow the economy to take off. it is vital we reduce the questioned tax burdenen. we paid the highest tax of any country in the world on businesses and we can't keep doing that. last week, i repeated my principles on tax reform. we must make the tax code as
simple as possible. it's not fair and extremely hard to understand. i want to make it as simple as possible. we must provide tax relief for middle class workers and families. third, we must restore a competitive edge, which we lost. we are doing fine but lost the competitive edge. you see what's going on all over the world so we can have real job growth. we can't be be the jobs' magnate of the world if we tax 60% higher than other countries. and finally, we must bring back trillions of dollars that are current little parked overseas. we have, in my opinion, $4 trillion, massive amounts of money that can't come back to our country because of our tax code and because of the rates. and this is more than just tax reform. this is tax cutting, to be
putting it in simple terms. we are going to reduce taxes for middle-income families and reduce taxes for companies. tax reform that follows these principles will create millions of jobs to ensure more products are stamped with the beautiful letters and words made in the u.s.a. it's time to lower our taxes, bring back our wealth and make america the jobs magnate that can be done and quickly, the expression, i don't know if you have heard it, it's time to make america great again. has anybody heard that expression? that's what we are doing. we are making america great again. you see it with jobs and companies moving back in. and moving back in in very, very
big numbers and coming back into our country. we are very proud of that. we are now going to discuss tax reform and tax cuts. i appreciate everybody being here. [ [indiss iran earn i believe] are president trump: i have a great heart afment people think in terms of children but they are young adults. i have a love -- -- >> we'll take you back to the house floor for a couple of votes bills debated earlier. 2864 by the yeas and nays. the motion son